Sun | Feb 18, 2018

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Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) endorsement of Dr Nigel Clarke for candidacy in the St Andrew North West constituency, recently vacated by Derrick Smith, is bound to further inflame tensions between the veteran politician and his senior colleagues...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

How sick can you be to view a video of an infant child being forced to perform an unthinkable act on an adult? There is approximately one cell phone per person in this country, and if we judge it according to the adult population, we have close to...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I wrote to this newspaper on October 12, 2016 in response to Professor Anthony Clayton's article titled 'Wasting millions - Professor: Weak management leading to huge financial losses in police force' (Gleaner, Wednesday, October 12, 2016).In that...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Since I will argue that Pastor Steven Anderson should not have been banned, it's worth acknowledging that there are some very persuasive reasons disallowing him, primary among which is that we already have enough troglodytic maniacs without...

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:03 AM

The appointment of Justice Bryan Sykes to act as chief justice in a case where there is a clear vacancy is not in the best interest of the country, for the following reasons:1 The appointment of a judge to act as chief justice of Jamaica is, as far...

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:02 AM

Kudos to international reggae artiste Shaggy for meeting his target of $100m for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. His Make a Difference Foundation held a charity event earlier this year and had major buy-in from corporate sponsors and music...

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Her name was Mud. She got arrested by two policemen during a carnival dance our club gave to raise money for our annual carnival band. Even though her parents were God-fearing people and were extremely upset about her arrest and subsequent court...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While we supported the Jamaican Bar's proposal for the Government to advertise for a new chief justice, as well as reforms to the system of future appointments, few people would second-guess the naming of Bryan Sykes to the job. Except, maybe, Prime...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What is wrong with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was demonstrated at the Crime Forum reported in last Sunday's Gleaner. At the forum, citizens claimed that houses are operating as gun shops, with firearms and ammunition being sold from the...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Apparently it was not Einstein who said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results." The quote is attributed elsewhere. But the saying is worthy of Einstein. Since causes lead to effects, then all things being...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is becoming a bit tired now. Prime Minister Holness has to realise his reprisal of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, thrusting wildly at windmills, suggests that he does not understand that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans have grown to humour Mike Henry, the minister of transport, for his effusive optimism about the ramshackle railway service and its prospects for catapulting industry in the 21st century. But the joke wears off when taxpayers see their hard...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the 1960s, the politicians looked to the most economically distressed and socially rejected of all the people and, from among the most violent, harnessed the gangsters for the sole purpose of controlling the streets.The politicians gave them a...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In my two previous jottings, I elaborated on the usefulness of a PESTEL analysis as a means of understanding and managing crime in Jamaica, and examined how politics facilitates crime and stymies national capacity to rein in the monster. A similar...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We sensed that the Government, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, was grasping for technicalities when it issued a statement suggesting that the controversial United States pastor, Steven Anderson, would have had to secure a work...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I am a customer of Digicel and have had bad experiences with the company. The foremost challenge is access to the company to get queries resolved.Only a few months ago, one could call 100 or 137 and although there was the risk of waiting long to...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Germany was sued in a New York Federal court on January 5, 2018, over what some claim was the 20th century's first case of genocide - the slaughter of members of the Herero and Nama groups in Namibia between 1904 and 1908. Sixty-five thousand...

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While the Holness administration grapples with the precipitous plunge in public order and homicides that has haunted Jamaica in the 21st century, it must chart new territory if it is to reshape policing.It is common knowledge that besides being...

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, Commissioner Quallo has finally taken the decision to parachute from a force that is on a downward spiral. His tenure as commissioner will only be recorded by his picture among scores of other past leaders on the wall in the conference room of...

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What's the difference between Donald Trump and St James' state of emergency (SOE)?Not much. Both are products of desperate, dysfunctional societies with seemingly no answer to an awesome threat to their essential fabric. Both have little or no...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 1:32 AM

On arriving home from work one day last week, my six-year-old son greeted me and announced that he wanted to draw. I have recently taken up art, and sometimes we will sit on the floor and draw together. His older brother entered the room, saw us,...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 1:19 AM

Our high rate of physical and psychological abuse of children, criminality and murders usually have a common, causal thread. In almost all instances, mothers and/or grandmothers are left to struggle alone with their children. This is by no means or...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

George Quallo is a fine chap who, apparently, had an unimpeachable reputation in the police force. He was affable and, perhaps, got along with most of the boys, if not everyone.But the shoes of the police commissioner were too large for his little...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So in the midst of the most murderous January we have ever experienced, the police force is left headless again, unreformed despite promises, demoralised without proper wages and equipment, and in danger of a political take-over by a trumpish...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The visit of United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not have come at a better time. He will travel to Jamaica on February 7, the last destination of a whistle-stop tour that wends its way from the US state of Texas to Mexico, Argentina...

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